It’s Time To Speak Of The Global Horror Wrought By Obama

 

Absent U.S. leadership, a large swath of the globe is now a lawless power-vacuum that NATO countries can no longer ignore

 

Afghan National Army soldiers, left, and American soldiers from Bravo Company, 3rd Battalion, 1st Armored Division, destroy a Taliban firing position in the Layadira village of Kandahar province, Afghanistan, Feb. 14, 2013. As American troops prepare to speed up their 2014 withdrawal, it is clear some of it will happen under fire, as Taliban fighters try to strike at departing soldiers. (Bryan Denton/New York Times/Getty Images)Afghan National Army soldiers, left, and American soldiers from Bravo Company, 3rd Battalion, 1st Armored Division, destroy a Taliban firing position in the Layadira village of Kandahar province, Afghanistan, Feb. 14, 2013. As American troops prepare to speed up their 2014 withdrawal, it is clear some of it will happen under fire, as Taliban fighters try to strike at departing soldiers. (Bryan Denton/New York Times/Getty Images)

As Afghanistan continues to reel from last week’s assault on an army base in the northern province of Balkh—the bloodiest Taliban atrocity since 2001—it’s high time the NATO countries, Canada included, faced up to something awkward. However ill-tutored and imprudent Donald Trump may be, the catastrophe that has descended upon that great swath of the Earth, from Tripoli to Peshawar, is the legacy of eight years of Barack Obama’s fecklessness and wishful thinking.

It took the traumatic shock of al-Qaeda’s 9-11 attack to teach us all a lesson that we are all being forced to learn again in Afghanistan, Syria, Libya and Yemen: you can’t just walk away from the world. Abandon parts of the globe to mayhem, warlordism and lawlessness and the state-power vacuum will quickly fill with horrors that the NATO capitals will not be able to ignore.

It’s not just that the Obama-led retreat from a century’s worth of covenants on war crimes, chemical warfare and other crimes against humanity in Syria has already all but destroyed the values-based international order. Nearly a half million Syrians have been killed, and the shadow of millions of refugees pouring across the Mediterranean is darkening all hopes of holding together a 70-year consensus that had united Europe.

RELATED: Our day of reckoning for Syria is coming

Six years ago, France and the Arab League had to drag Obama into a NATO operation that aimed to prevent a Syrian-scale mass slaughter of Libyans by the lunatic dictator Moammar Gadhafi. After the collapse of the Gadhafi regime, Obama opposed a UN peacekeeping force that could have prevented Libya from falling apart, and following Obama’s fashionable lead, we all walked away. After more than two years of stumbling towards a secular, representative democracy, Libya eventually collapsed into pandemonium, becoming the Islamic State and human-smuggling haven that it is today.

In Yemen two years ago, Obama took the opportunity of what was then a ragtag, marginal and containable Houthi insurgency to close down the CIA station running operations against al-Qaeda in the country and shutter the American garrison entirely. Saudi Arabia immediately began a bombing campaign that has resulted in at least 10,000 deaths. Qasem Soleimani, who heads up Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps’ Quds Force, is supplying the Shia Houthis with military equipment and advisers in a proxy war waged against Yemen’s Saudi-backed Sunni forces.

This week in Geneva, the United Nations is appealing to international donors to help stave off the famine facing nearly seven million Yemenis in what UN officials now call “the largest humanitarian crisis in the world.”

This brings us back to Afghanistan, where at least 160 fresh Afghan Army recruits were murdered while they were concluding their Friday prayers last week at Camp Shaheen in Balkh. Two of the attackers blew themselves up in the crowds of soldiers outside the camp’s mosque, and the rest went on a shooting spree that lasted several hours.

(By way of comparison, last Friday’s death toll was pretty well the same as the number of Canadian soldiers killed in Afghanistan—158—during the Canadian Forces’ entire 10-year sojourn in the country.)

Ever since May 2014, when Obama announced he intended to withdraw the last U.S. troops from Afghanistan, the Taliban have been gaining ground. Reckoning it was only a matter of time before NATO was gone, the Taliban’s Quetta Shura in Pakistan went on the offensive. Lately they have been joined by jihadists aligned with ISIS in Iraq and Syria—the target of Trump’s April 13 GBU-43 Massive Ordnance Air Blast (“Mother Of All Bombs”), dropped on a cave complex in Nangarhar province adjacent to the border with Pakistan.

READ MORE: After the MOAB, Afghanistan reverberates still

After promising to pull American troops from Iraq—which he did, allowing ISIS to spread its gangrene from the outskirts of Baghdad to the Syrian town of Raqqa—Obama was so eager to make an impression on American voters in the 2014 congressional election season that he accelerated his troop drawdown in Afghanistan to a speed his own generals warned would invite disaster.

Disaster is exactly what unfolded. By last summer, the Taliban controlled more Afghan territory than at any point since 2001.

From its peak of 130,000 troops from 51 countries in the UN-sanctioned International Security Assistance Force (Canada’s last soldiers left Afghanistan in 2014), the international coalition backing Afghanistan’s nascent democracy and the Afghan National Security Forces has been reduced to 14,000 non-combat soldiers (about half of them American) from 39 countries, engaged mostly in troop-training.

On Monday, U.S. General John Nicholson, who heads up the NATO-led operation, stood beside U.S. Defence Secretary James Mattis, who was paying a surprise visit to Afghanistan. They both hinted strongly that the Kremlin, which has played host to the Taliban in meetings in Moscow, might now be arming the Taliban as well.

This is exactly the kind of horror show that should be expected when NATO’s democracies, which have always been dependent upon American power, simply walk away from the world.

Canadian soldiers shed blood for Afghanistan, and the disaster unfolding there now is not something Prime Minister Justin Trudeau or Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan or Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland can simply ignore.

Iraq Intercepts $500+ Million In Cash At Baghdad Airport, From Qatar, To Iraqi/Syrian Rebels

Iraq considers next move after intercepting ‘world’s largest’ ransom for kidnapped Qataris

 

 

Exclusive: Prime Minister’s leaked memo reveals Baghdad’s anger as Qataris try to pay militias $500m in cash seized at Baghdad airport

 

Officials at Baghdad International Airport became suspicious earlier this month when their X-ray machines could not see into 23 large bags unloaded from a Qatari plane, producing only a black image because the contents were wrapped in a special material impenetrable to detecting devices. They were further amazed when they opened the bags to discover that they contained hundreds of millions of dollars and euros in cash worth a total of $500m (£389m), says an Iraqi source.

It is now clear that the money was ransom for 24 Qataris, several of them leading members of the Qatari royal al-Thani family, and two Saudis who had been hunting with falcons with official permission in supposedly safe southern Iraq when they were kidnapped 16 months ago by a Shia militia task force. A deal to get them released has been complicated by negotiations involving Qatar and Iran as well as Shia and Sunni militias over the simultaneous evacuation of people long besieged in four towns, two Shia and two Sunni, in northern and southern  Syria respectively.

The extraordinary story of the $500m ransom – perhaps the biggest ransom ever in history – and the release of the Qatari royalty is revealed in a confidential document sent by Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi and obtained exclusively by The Independent. In a special report dated 22 April, six days after the episode at the airport, he gives senior members of his ruling Dawa Party a detail account of actions by his government, Qatar and other players inside and outside Iraq though the precise identity of several is left vague.

Mr Abadi says that Qatar had requested the Iraqi government for permission to land an aircraft at Baghdad International Airport on 15 April on the understanding that it would take on board freed members of the kidnapped hunting party. But he says the airport officials were “surprised that there were 23 large heavy bags that appeared without prior notice or approval”. When these were put in the X-ray machine “the image appeared black”, which meant that whatever was inside was wrapped in a special impenetrable material.

Those on board the plane included the Qatari ambassador to Iraq and a special envoy from the Qatari Emir Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani, but they had not asked for the bags to be given diplomatic immunity. They apparently had not done so because they believed that the kidnappers or their emissaries had their own people at the airport who would take charge of the money.

Mr Abadi says that even before opening the bags Iraqi officials had become convinced, through overhearing the conversation of the Qataris, that they contained money. What they did not know was how much, so when they finally searched them and counted the cash they were astonished to discover that the amount totalled “hundreds of millions of dollars and euros”. By then the Iraqi government had been told, presumably by the Qataris, that the cash was a ransom payment. But its officials still confiscated it since their government had not been informed about what was going on and they were chary of seeing such a large sum paid to a militia that would inevitably be empowered by a massive cash injection. “Hundreds of millions for armed groups? Is this acceptable?” Mr Abadi asked later at a press conference.

The militia widely reported to have carried out the original kidnapping of the hunting party in Iraq’s southern Muthanna proince in December 2015 was the powerful Iranian-supported movement known as Ketaeb Hezbollah, which is distinct from Lebanese Hezbollah. But all Iraqi and Syrian militias both Shia and Sunni have links, often undeclared and unprovable but well known to most Iraqis and Syrians, to local politicians, political parties and foreign states. Sometimes, the militias are simple proxies of others but usually the relationship is more complex with a degree of mutual dependence.

Mr Abadi hints at this when he mentions in his report that, as news of the confiscation of the money at the airport spread in Baghdad, “third parties intervened strongly, some from the highest levels” and others threatened to use armed force. The Qatari envoy and the Qatari ambassador who had arrived on the plane had a bitter dispute over what had gone wrong.  What is not clear is why the kidnappers released their hostages on 21 April, though they had not yet received the ransom, unless they were confident that once it was in Baghdad airport it was as good as in their hands or replacement funds had been sent by Qatar. Mr Abadi says that the Qataris had been led to believe that “the sponsors of the kidnappers” had effective control of the airport and of the security forces there.

A second strong reason for the freeing of the hostages going ahead is that their release was part of a regional deal involving Qatar, Iran, Jabhat al-Nusra, formerly the al-Qaeda representative in Syria, as well as various Shia militias. This relates to the fate of two Shia towns, Fua and Kefraya, with a combined population of 40,000, that have long been under siege by Sunni Arab militia forces including al-Nusra in Idlib province in northern Syria, and two Sunni towns, Madaya and Zabadani west of Damascus, that are besieged by pro-Syrian government forces including Lebanese Hezbollah. Under an agreement all four towns were to see simultaneous and linked evacuations as a result of stop-go negotiations that have been going on for several years. On the day of the hunters’ release last Friday, an Iraqi source told AFP “the Qataris are now in Haider al-Abadi’s office following a deal between Jabhat al-Nusra and the kidnappers.”

The release of the hostages had earlier been stalled when busses carrying Shia evacuees from Fua and Kefraya were attacked on 15 April  by a suicide bomber in a vehicle, which exploded, killing 126 people, including 68 children and wounding a further 300. This was the same day that the Qatari plane landed in Baghdad. Given that all militias in Syria and Iraq are highly criminalised, the money would presumably have to be shared out among all of those involved as well as with some of their outside sponsors.

Mr Abadi is clearly angry at the way in which Iraq has been caught up in the complicated manoeuvres of foreign powers like Qatar, Iran, Lebanese Hezbollah and a variety of Iraqi and Syrian private armies. He says that “allowing [the Qataris] to deliver big money to armed groups in Iraq, and perhaps also to terrorist groups is to fuel the war.”

The affair has not ended since the Iraqi government now has half a billion dollars whom very violent paramilitary groups and their sponsors were expecting to be paid to them. These are often described as militias, though in fact they are heavily-equipped private armies who pose as community defenders, but are frequently guns-for-hire for foreign states and for their own enrichment. They will not resign themselves easily to the loss of the contents of the 23 bags confiscated at Baghdad airport.

Israeli Air Forces Destroy Weapons Depot Left By Retreating ISIS In Damascus

[Israeli missiles destroyed an ISIS arsenal, seized by Syrian Army, under pretext that these arms were destined for Hezbollah and others (Israeli strike hits Iranian arms supply depot in Damascus: source).]

DAMASCUS, SYRIA (11:55 P.M.) – On Tuesday, shock units of the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) sliced through ISIS-held desert territory, seizing 20 square kilometers from the hardline jihadist group.

The surprise government advance, some six kilometers in depth, was conducted east of the Tishreen Power Plant in a region not far from Damascus International Airport.

Islamic State contingents largely withdrew from the sparsely populated area over the past week amid a tactical retreat through the Syrian Desert towards Palmyra. US vetted Free Syrian Army (FSA) fighters have also advanced in the area recently.

Strategically, this operation secures an important bufferzone around the East Ghouta pocket which speculations suggest that Jordanian-backed and US-trained Syrian rebels will try to reach in a bid to break its long-standing siege.

250+ Name Casualty List Compiled From Afghan Camp Shaheen Massacre

Credible sources have disclosed the death toll in Friday’s deadly attack on the Balkh military base was over 250.

While Afghans continue to reel from the Taliban’s deadly attack on 209 Shaheen Corps in the northern province of Balkh, the Afghan government has been accused of hiding the truth about Friday’s bloodbath.  

Sources however have told TOLOnews that the number of casualties was much higher than the figure announced by government.

Based on information gathered from different sources, so far the identity of 256 soldiers from ten provinces have been confirmed.

According to credible sources in Kabul and other provinces so far it is known that 68 soldiers from Badakhshan were killed, 50 soldiers from Nangarhar, 40 soldiers from Baghlan, 33 from Takhar, 24 from Uruzgan, 18 from Helmand, 13 from Kunduz, five from Samangan, three from Kabul and two soldiers from Parwan.

Sources have said that many more died – including soldiers from Laghman, Uruzgan and Helmand provinces.

“Unfortunately our wounded soldiers increased the level of our casualties. This is the main reason for the rising casualties. Soldiers were participating in Friday prayers,” said former army chief of staff Qadam Shah Shaheem, who stepped down on Monday following the attack.

According to sources, government decided to withhold the actual death toll.

“The people want information and government must respond; what government talks about is general information,” said Nasir Taimoori, a researcher at Integrity Watch Afghanistan.

“The government has always lied the people of Afghanistan, but this time Allah revealed his curse on them, we all know that initially government put the death toll at eight people,” said MP Arif Rahmani.

On Friday, ten Taliban insurgents all dressed in full military gear stormed the largest military base in the north. Three of them were suicide bombers and managed to gain access to where hundreds of soldiers had gathered. Most of the soldiers had been unarmed at the time.

Sources also said that the majority of victims were new recruits who had only recently joined the army.

Meanwhile a senior diplomatic source said: “If soldiers are killed inside your military base and you cannot count it, it makes you look even worse.”

Heavy ISIS/Taliban Infighting Near Site of Camp Shaheen Massacre

[Taliban Kill 140+ In Mazar e-Sharif, Despite On-site German Troops and US Special Forces Nearby–(Taliban claim 500 killed) ; Govt ‘Covering Up’ Actual Death Toll in Army Base Attack–(deadly attack on the Balkh military base was over 250)]

Nearly 100 dead as Taliban, Daesh clash in Afghanistan

Ongoing fighting related to opium crop, kidnap of drug smugglers in north

Nearly 100 dead as Taliban, Daesh clash in Afghanistan

By Shadi Khan Saif

KABUL, Afghanistan

Nearly 100 Taliban and pro-Daesh militants have been killed in fighting in northern Afghanistan, police said Wednesday.

Sporadic fighting in the Darzab district of Jowzjan province is ongoing, Rahmatullah Turkistani, a spokesman for the Afghan National Police, told Anadolu Agency.

He said a total of 91 militants had been killed in clashes over the kidnapping of drug smugglers who were to pay the Taliban as part of an opium deal.

“The clashes erupted when group of armed Taliban attacked Daesh militants [to secure] the release of three drug smugglers who came here to pay 10 million afghanis [$14,780] to the Taliban for a deal,” Turkistani said.

Raza Ghafori, a spokesman for the provincial administration, confirmed the casualties and said the Taliban had borne the brunt of the losses.

Taliban spokesman Zabehullah Mujahid acknowledged recent clashes between the two groups but did not provide further details.

Like many parts of northern Afghanistan, Jowzjan province is not a traditional Taliban stronghold.

The militants who have pledged allegiance to Daesh are strongest in the mountainous east, where a significant number of Pakistani militants fill their ranks.

Earlier this month, the U.S. dropped a huge GBU-43/B MOAB bomb in a network of tunnels in Nangarhar province, killing at least 90 Daesh militants.

However, Daesh sympathizers associated with the Uzbekistan Islamic Movement are gaining ground in northern provinces.

Last month, U.S. military spokesman Capt. Bill Salvin said the U.S. aimed to drive Daesh out of Afghanistan by the end of the year.

He told Anadolu Agency that the U.S. believed there are up to 1,000 Daesh fighters in Nangarhar and neighboring Kunar province.

Afghanistan’s girls show the dark side of America’s influence on the world

Afghanistan’s girls show the dark side of America’s influence on the world

Summary: Trump is committing America to the overthrow of a 4th secular regime in the Middle East, probably to be replaced (like the others) by a fundamentalist Islamic government (or chaos). Amidst the cheering for Trump, let’s look at what we have done for the women in Afghanistan. Let’s remember that before we wreck another country.

People say “you can’t turn back the clock.”
Islamic Fundamentalists have proven that you can do so.
You just can’t care if others see you as evil.

Afghanistan Women in the Burka

America has helped overthrow three secular regimes — Afghanistan in the 1980s (Operation Cyclone, “Charlie Wilson’s War”), Operation Iraq Freedom in 2003, and Libya (Operation Unified Protector in 2011). Fundamentalist Islamic regimes replaced them all (in Libya, with along chaos).

Now we are doing it again in Syria (Operation Inherent ResolveTimber Sycamore, etc.). See this mind-blowing ignorant advocacy at National Review by influential Middle East expert Matthew Brodsky. As with our first three interventions, we ignore the likely Islamic government that will replace Assad. We ignore the likely effects of this regime change on Syria’s people, as we have ignored our responsibility for the horrific effects of our past revolutions.

As a reminder, consider Afghanistan. It made great progress in the 1950s and 1960s. This continued in the turbulent 1970s, with a quiet coup in 1973 against the monarchy, the communist revolution in 1978. The communists accelerated the pace of modernization, with more rights for women.

The Mujahideen, largely fundamentalist Islamic warriors, rebelled. US propaganda told Americans they were secular western-loving rebels (we love being lied to). The Soviets sent troops to help the government fight the insurgents, as America has done so many times. We intervened to help the Islamic rebels (Operation Cyclone) — who won. (See details about our role at the end of the post.)

Afghanistan was not heaven before our intervention, or even Buffalo. For details see “Women in Afghanistan” by Amnesty International, October 2013.

“Afghan women were first eligible to vote in 1919 – only a year after women in the UK were given voting rights, and a year before the women in the United States were allowed to vote. In the 1950s purdah (gendered separation) was abolished; in the 1960s a new constitution brought equality to many areas of life, including political participation.”

We helped end that. The following photos show a nation working to join the world’s civilization. The first photo shows the fantastic change from then to now, with women’s role in society rolled back several centuries. At the College of Medicine in Kabul two Afghan medical students listen to their professor as they examine a plaster cast from a human body. Photo from The Atlantic: “Afghanistan in the 1950s and 60s“.

Women at the Kabul Medical School in 1962 - Afghanistan
AFP/Getty Photo.

A scene in a Kabul record store, date unknown (probably late 1950s or early 1960s). From a photo essay by Mohammad Qayoumi in Foreign Policy.

Women at a record store in Kabul, Afghanistan

A photo from Kabul in 1967 by Dr. Bill Podlich published in the Daily Mail: “Life before the Taliban“. Back then girls attended high school (shown here in their uniforms). See women at the park — in western clothes, with no male escort.

Kabul - 1967 - High School girls - Afghanistan

Women at a park in Kabul, Afghanistan - 1967

Here are photos of Kabul in the 1970s (validity, sources and dates are unknown).

Women of Kabul in 1970s - Afghanistan

Women at a Kabul Park - Afghanistan

For more of photos of this troubled country see the “Once Upon a Time in Afghanistan” page at Facebook.

Afghanistan today

Women in Afghanistan-Reuters

The Taliban enforce their version of Islamic Sharia law. Women and girls are tightly regulated. See some of the details in “Women in Afghanistan” by Amnesty International, October 2013.

  • Banned from going to school or studying.
  • Banned from working.
  • Banned from leaving the house without a male chaperone.
  • Banned from showing their skin in public.
  • Banned from accessing healthcare delivered by men (with women forbidden from working, healthcare was virtually inaccessible).
  • Banned from being involved in politics or speaking publicly.

“There were many other ways their rights were denied to them. Women were essentially invisible in public life, imprisoned in their home. In Kabul, residents were ordered to cover their ground and first-floor windows so women inside could not be seen from the street. If a woman left the house, it was in a full body veil (burqa), accompanied by a male relative: she had no independence.

“If she disobeyed these discriminatory laws, punishments were harsh. A woman could be flogged for showing an inch or two of skin under her full-body burqa, beaten for attempting to study, stoned to death if she was found guilty of adultery.”

For a more vivid picture see this photo of Bibi Aisha, punished for fleeing her husband’s house in Kabul, Afghanistan. From TIME: “Women of Afghanistan“. Forcibly married at 14. Fled at 18 after years of abuse. She was caught and mutilated by her family as punishment. This is the Afghanistan we helped build.

Bibi Aisha - TIME
Bibi Aisha. Photo by Jodi Bieber/TIME.

Conclusion

Afghanistan has been had civil wars running since 1978. We did not start these wars, and they would have run without us. But our years of interference have contributed to Afghanistan’s problems, not helped them. Nor can we claim bad luck, after making similar mistakes in Iraq and Libya. Interventionists talk about our Responsibility to Protect. If that is a valid reason for our help overthrowing those government, we should be prosecuted for malpractice.

Now we are doing so again in Syria. When will we learn to do better? How do the women of the Middle East see America’s interventions?

“Once is an accident. Twice is a coincidence. Three times is an enemy action.”
— James Bond in Goldfinger (1959). What is the fourth time?

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  1. We destroy a secular regime in Afghanistan (& its women’s rights), then we wage war on the new regime to restore women’s rights. Welcome to the American Empire.
  2. Today’s propaganda: we must fight in Afghanistan to help its women.
  3. About our sudden concern for Afghanistan’s women (& the desperate search for a reason to fight).
  4. A non-violent crusade giving rights to the world’s women!
  5. Subjugation of women anywhere threatens US national security!
  6. Rambo & James Bond taught us about Afghanistan’s mujahideen.

Long afterwards we learn the truth about our role in Afghanistan.

But we don’t mind! That’s why our elites lie to us so often.

Some revelations from the book, by the publisher.

“By the latter years of the 1980s the CIA was not just providing arms to a half million Afghans, it had taken 150,000 of them and transformed them into what it called a force of “techno holy warriors.” “From today’s perspective,” Crile observes, “that may seem more than a bit ill advised-particularly when you factor in the specialized training in urban warfare that the Agency sponsored to include the use of pipe bombs, bicycle bombs, car bombs, camel bombs, along with a host of other tactics to wreak havoc with the army of a modern superpower.”

“The United States continued to fund the Afghan rebels long after the withdrawal of the Soviet Union. Incredibly, the subsidies continued despite the fact that one of the most important mujahid leaders sided with Saddam Hussein in the Gulf War.

“In addition to $200 million in aid from the U.S. and $200 million from Saudi Arabia, in 1991 and 1992 the rebels received Iraqi weapons captured by U.S. forces during the Gulf War. At the same time, the Berlin Wall came down and the Soviet Union ceased to exist. The Cold War was effectively over but what began as a war against Communism was continuing to be funded.”

Trailer to “Charlie Wilson’s War”.

The book and the film.

Charlie Wilson's War: The Extraordinary Story of How the Wildest Man in Congress and a Rogue CIA Agent Changed the History of Our Times
Available at Amazon.
Charlie Wilson's War
Available at Amazon.

TTP Spokesman Confesses the Expected…Pak. Taliban Work For India, Afghanistan

[TTP Spokesman Sells-Out Former Mehsud Comrades For Drone Assassination In Paktika]

RAW, NDS fund Taliban: Ehsanullah Ehsan’s confession video

 

 

 

 

VIDEO LINK

Pakistan Army has released confessional video statement of prominent leader of the Pakistani Taliban’s Jamaat-ur-Ahrar (JuA) faction, Ehsanullah Ehsan, who has surrendered to security forces last week.

Ehsanullah Ehsan remained Tehreek e-Taliban’s spokesman and later JuA’s. Both groups have carried out some of the most violent attacks in Pakistan.

In his confession before security forces, the notorious militants said that TTP maligned Islam and misguided the youths, saying that the banned outfit has contacts with RAW and Afghanistan’s National Directorate of Security (NDS).

He said disputed with Taliban leadership after the group accepted Indian assistance against Pakistan.

Complete text of Ehsanullah Ehsan’s video confession:

“My name is Liaqat Ali and Ehsanullah Ehsan, I belong to Mohmand Agency. In early 2008, I joined TTP when I was a college student. I later became TTP Mohmand Agency spokesman and then central spokesman of TTP and Jamaat-ur-Ahrar.”

“In these nine years, I observed that TTP recruited youth by misleading them in the name of Islam. They did not follow whatever they preached. A handful of emirs who dominated TTP leadership used to receive extortion money from innocent people, massacre innocents by bomb blasts on public points, attack schools, colleges and universities… So, Islam doesn’t teach us this.”

“The internal disputes and battle for leadership raged within Taliban ranks after army launched operation in trial areas. Umar Khalid Khurasani, Khan Sayed Sajna and Mullah Fazullah were in the run. Their shura decided to hold draw that led to election of Fazullah.”

“What one can expect from such organizations that elect a leader through draw, and emir [Fazullah] was the one who forcefully married to his teacher’s daughter… such persons are not serving Islam.”

“When we moved to Afghanistan from North Waziristan, I saw that Taliban leadership fostered relations with Indian RAW agency that financed Taliban and even gave targets. Taliban received reward [from RAW] of every action in Pakistan. They left fighters to face Pakistan Army while they themselves sought refuge in safe hideouts.”

“When they started accepting Indian funds and NDS aid, I told Khurasani that this way we are supporting kufars (non-believers) by killing our own people, he said: for the sake of terrorism in Pakistan, even if Israel aided my, I will accept. So, I realized that they doing all this for their own interests and under a particular agenda.”

“Afghan security agencies have been facilitating Pakistani Taliban with documents and identity cards to move freely in Afghanistan,” he said.

“Jamaat-ur-Ahrar leadership is facing severe disappointment following Pakistan Army’s action on its camps along Afghan border.”

“Those who are stuck there, I want to give them a message that please stop it and back to a peaceful life,” he said.

“After coverage ban on Taliban, they turned to social media and attempted to mislead teen and innocent youths by propaganda and a wrong interpretation of Islam,” he said.

“I want to give a message to all social media users that beware of their [Taliban’s] propaganda. They are playing in hands of others… these were the reason behind my surrender to Pakistan Army,” he concluded.

Ehsan Ullah Ahsan Stills New 26-04

Background

Ehsanullah Ehsan joined TTP in 2008 and became its spokesman.

In December 2011, Ehsanullah disputed that the Pakistani Taliban was negotiating a cease-fire with the Pakistani government. He asserted that the individuals negotiating that cease-fire were doing so without the authorization of the Taliban’s leadership.

He was sacked on June 25, 2013.

Ehsan, along with other former commanders of the Movement of the Taliban in Pakistan, such as Omar Khorasani, a senior leader in the Movement of the Taliban in Pakistan joined JuA.

The JuA was formed in August 2014 as a breakaway faction of the central TTP by chief Omar Khalid Khorasani, the commander of its Mohmand district, and Ehsan, who left his post as a central TTP spokesman.

JuA rejoined the central TTP the following March but is known to operate independently of the central TTP leadership, which is led by Mullah Fazlullah.- Samaa